Lester is high up in the old oak tree, listening to a permaculture class that is discussing CO2 sequestration and climate change: “A major step of photosynthesis is to take the CO2 out of the air. Then the roots of all plants extrude the carbon. The microbes in the soil utilize this carbon in a symbiotic relationship. We call this carbon sequestration. When the soil is plowed or chemicals are used, soil life is destroyed. CO2 sequestration or regenerative gardening are ways to slow the atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases, which are released by burning fossil fuels.”
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Lester has stuck to the permaculture practices of natural raised beds and no tilling in tree grows along the forest edge. “Time is short,” Lester says to the Oak. “We need many more trees!” “Indeed squirrel friend. Baby Oak trees to the rescue.”
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Lester begins his now familiar chatter, calling his squirrel pals to begin planting acorns, starting from the farm house to the pond. Many Oaks are also called upon to shake their limbs and drop their nuts in mass by the Master Oak. Months later, the seeds sprout along the edges of the farmer’s fields revealing 1” to 3” baby Oak trees . Lester is quick to teach the young saplings about climate change and sequestration. “Please all, do your part. Suck up the CO2 and trap it in the soil.”
“Hey, old man Oak: My babies are the local conservation corps!” Beamed Lester. “Climate change is change coming,” huffed the old tree!”
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Moral: The size of your trees is one thing, but the amount of trees, and how they are planted, is key.